So it's been 2 weeks since our 4 month appt where I was freaked out by the pediatrician (telling me baby needed more milk b/c he dropped down on the percentile chart for weight. I have since tried to watch the clock more and feed him every couple hours (give or take, more often if he wants it, and not waking him from a nap if he seems peaceful). He's been nursing 8-10 times a day, sometimes for less than 10 minutes, and sometimes for 20-25 (the tail end of those is not active sucking, just comfort). He has a wet diaper (somewhat wet or very wet) about 7-8 times a day and 1 BM per day, give or take.
I learned about switch nursing from this forum (thank you!) and have been doing that when he is being sleepy or fussy at the breast. It seems to help get him on track unless he really doesn't seem hungry, in which case we stop and move on.
At 4 1/2 months, how many minutes of active nursing per breast is needed? I don't have oversupply - if anything I've always been concerned I don't have enough. I had this concern before the doctor said anything....I'm just paranoid, I have a baby who doesn't seem to have "baby fat".
What's more effective at helping baby consume more milk (and increasing my production)? Is it better to do more frequent nursing, like every hour even if he's not initiating it, for shorter periods each time, or longer sessions where I try and stimulate him to keep eating by switch nursing or changing positions?